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From the Abuelas' Window
by Nancy Burke Toomey (Goodreads Author)
This delightful story weaves magic realism, humor and compassion to tell of three tricky old abuelas and three young girls who combine their gifts to change fate one small step at a time. The time is 1973, the place, Pinochet's Chile.
Paperback, 196 pages
Published September 1st 2005 by Booklocker.com
(first published 2005)
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This is a wonderful book, hopeful and sensitively written. There is something truly nourishing and magical about the sisters in this story and their growing relationship with the abuelas who watch over them. The story is also very atmospheric -- you do feel as if you have entered another country where the rules and rhythms of life are appealing, but different. As one of three sisters, I enjoyed the playful, sometimes difficult, relationship of the young girls who are struggling to find their way ...more